I've Lost Control of My Life, What Should I do Now?
This article is based on a Q&A session with mystic David Hoffmeister. Read the original Q&A session here!
Editor’s note from Mariana Castañeda:
After pushing and striving most of my life, I reached a breaking point in my mind.
All I could feel was pain and heartache. The question in my mind was, ‘I’ve lost control of my life, what should I do now?’
I then came across A Course in Miracles and my life catapulted in a whole different direction. The question that still comes to my mind is, ‘Do I, in some way, have some control over the life that I seem to live here on earth?
Therefore, I found this Q&A on a website based on the metaphysical teachings of A Course in Miracles, specifically one of its teachings that says "The script is written." This sounded a bit like predestination to me, but I wanted to understand it more deeply, which I do now. Perhaps you will also find value in this deep question and answer even if it doesn't make 100% sense at first:
Question to David Hoffmeister:
A Course in Miracles says, “The script is written,” and cannot be changed or rearranged in the slightest way. And I really resonate with that. However, I heard that when you were recently asked, "Who wrote the script?" That your answer was "The ego wrote the script!” My question therefore is this: Can the Holy Spirit change the script? Thanks.
David Hoffmeister’s answer:
In A Course in Miracles, Jesus says the Holy Spirit answered the unholy instant simultaneously, and thus was the belief in separation Corrected forever. Acceptance of the Correction is the sole responsibility now. The script is a linear metaphor for arranging and sequencing images or past memories, and this ordering or sequencing is the ego. To the Holy Spirit time is simultaneous. The simultaneity of time is another way of saying that all of the script happened or was spun at the same time; The unholy instant. The Holy Spirit is another way of looking at the world; a way without judgment.
The Holy Spirit does not work in the world, and thus the Holy Spirit does not change the script.
The script is the past, written by—and one with—the ego, and it can no more be changed than the film in the projector that has already been completed and is already being shown in the theater.
So, how does this relate to the thought of, ‘I’ve lost control of my life and the idea that you can have any control of your life here?’ The only change that is possible is changing the purpose we hold in our mind. The purpose for the world can and must be shifted from the ego's purpose (death) to the Holy Spirit's Purpose (forgiveness). This is the only change that is meaningful in the context of Waking Up to Reality through forgiveness of illusion. And this is a change of mind from the changing (ego) to the changeless (Atonement). The Holy Spirit simply sees the false as false, and what is false is the belief in changing appearances.
In A Course In Miracles, this idea is expressed in several ways, for there is a plan behind the images that does not change:
"Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world." (A Course In Miracles, T-21.in.7)
"There is no freedom from what must occur. And if you think there is, you must be wrong." (A Course In Miracles, T-30.I.15.5)
"The revelation that the Father and the Son are one will come in time to every mind. Yet is that time determined by the mind itself, not taught. The time is set already. It appears to be quite arbitrary. Yet there is no step along the road that anyone takes but by chance. It has already been taken by him, although he has not yet embarked on it. For time, but seems to go in one direction. We but undertake a journey that is over. Yet it seems to have a future still unknown to us. Time is a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic. Yet there is a plan behind appearances that does not change. The script is written. When experience will come to end your doubting has been set. For we but see the journey from the point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by." (A Course In Miracles, W-pI.158.2.8)
If you really believe and think, ‘I’ve lost control of my life and need to try and get my life back on track.’ Step back and really ask yourself if this is possible.
One cannot lose control of their life, when our only true destiny is first forgiveness and next remembrance of God. What God creates is Changeless, since it is Eternal. And, in Awakening, the Holy Spirit reveals that illusions are one and therefore all appearances are unreal. What is unreal cannot change, for what could a change in unreality mean? What is the same cannot be different or change to something unlike itself. The Holy Spirit's Perspective is the Answer to the illusion of change. There is nothing else to seek or to find.
Remember the Serenity Prayer:
‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.’
The mind can change from error to Correction. The world cannot be changed. And the Wisdom to know the difference is the Holy Spirit.
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